[Mailman-Users] LDAP

Anne Anderson aba at westmont.edu
Tue Oct 14 17:40:10 CEST 2008

Thanks! I checked out the link you sent, and have been talking with my 
colleagues about whether having list membership tied to LDAP groups 
would be of benefit to us.

What I'm most interested in is whether list administrators and 
moderators would be able to access their administrative interfaces with 
their LDAP username and password.

I'm not sure if this would work, though, because I think that since 
mailman asks only for a password (not a username) to get into the 
administrative interface, it must not know or care who you are as long 
as you give the right password.


Anne Anderson	aba at westmont.edu
Web Application Developer / Database Manager
Information Technology
Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Mark Sapiro wrote:
> Anne Anderson wrote:
>> Can LDAP be used to authenticate logins for mailman?
> Yes, but depending on what you actually want, there may be significant
> implimentation effort involved. This is not an out-of-box or turn-key
> installation.
> The LDAP MemberAdaptor linked below has several limitations. Quoting
> from the link below:
> Mailman lists with LDAP-based membership can still have moderators,
> list policies, and the other usual features of Mailman lists. There
> are a few missing features; notably:
> 1. There is no bounce processing.
> 2. There are no per-user preferences.
> 3. The Web interface still allows you to try setting user preferences,
> but if you do you will get a stack thrown at you. (Only the "readable"
> interface of MemberAdaptor is implemented.)
> 4. The LDAP settings of a list (e.g. LDAP server and search string) are
> only administrable by editing its "extend.py" file, not over the Web.
> 5. There is no digest mode.
>>> See
>>> <http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=871062&group_id=103&atid=300103>.

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